noun, plural Catch-22's, Catch-22s.
Origin of Catch-22
Examples from the Web for catch-22
Yeah, those books: The Things They Carried, The Hunters, Catch-22.
It can result in a Catch-22 for ambitious upstarts: internships offer a foot in the door—but at what economic cost?Introducing Intern Magazine, Which Sparks Debate About Intern Culture|Misty White Sidell|July 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It is for sure a Catch-22, but who wants to be the person beating their head against the wall?Massachusetts Republicans Missing in Action in U.S. Senate Race|John Avlon|February 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I have to say, of all possible reactions to Catch-22, this is one that makes least sense to me.
At the Independent blog, John Rentoul replies to my book club entry on Catch-22.
British Dictionary definitions for catch-22
Word Origin for catch-22
Culture definitions for catch-22
(1961) A war novel by the American author Joseph Heller. “Catch-22” is a provision in army regulations; it stipulates that a soldier's request to be relieved from active duty can be accepted only if he is mentally unfit to fight. Any soldier, however, who has the sense to ask to be spared the horrors of war is obviously mentally sound, and therefore must stay to fight.
Idioms and Phrases with catch-22
A no-win dilemma or paradox, similar to damned if I do, damned if I don't. For example, You can't get a job without experience, but you can't get experience unless you have a job—it's Catch-22. The term gained currency as the title of a 1961 war novel by Joseph Heller, who referred to an Air Force rule whereby a pilot continuing to fly combat missions without asking for relief is regarded as insane, but is considered sane enough to continue flying if he does make such a request.